This ghostly anthology includes thirteen accounts of Mountain State ghostly manifestations, myths and mountain mythology, based on known legends from the state West Virginia. Themes included in this work are Mothman, the Ethel coalmine spector, the Chapmanville school haunting, the Ghost of #22 Mountain and many others. Nationally known horror writer Michael Knost serves as the anthology s editor. Participating writers are an amalgamation of professional authors and novelists in the horror, science fiction and fantasy fields, along with up-and-coming writers from Appalachia. Many are National Bram Stoker Award winning authors currently in the national spotlight. All 13 of these stories take place in the state of West Virginia and are of a family-friendly nature; however, this title is suitable for anyone, from any state, who enjoys bone-chilling ghost tales told by some of the best storytellers in the business.
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Thomas F. Monteleone is a 4-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award, the highest honor for writers in the horror genre. He has written television scripts for American Playhouse, George Romero s Tales from the Darkside, and a series on Fox TV entitled Night Visions. He is also the author of the bestseller, The Complete Idiot s Guide to Writing a Novel. Tim Waggoner s novels include Forge of the Mind Slayers, Darkness Wakes, Pandora Drive, The Thieves of Blood, the Godfire duology, Like Death, and A Nightmare on Elm Street: Protégé. Kealan Patrick Burke is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Currency of Souls, The Turtle Boy, The Hides, Vessels, Midlisters, Ravenous Ghosts, and The Number 121 to Pennsylvania, and the editor of the anthologies: Taverns of the Dead, Night Visions 12, Brimstone Turnpike, Quietly Now, and Tales from the Gorezone. Scott Nicholson is the author of six Appalachian Gothic thrillers, including They Hunger and The Farm. He was a 1999 winner of the Writers of the Future award and a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award. Joe Nassise is the author of the internationally best-selling series, The Templar Chronicles. He's a Bram Stoker Award and International Horror Guild Award nominee, as well a former president of the Horror Writers Association. Bev Vincent is a contributing editor with Cemetery Dance magazine, the horror industry s standard. His first book, The Road to the Dark Tower, an authorized companion to Stephen King s Dark Tower series, was published by New American Library in 2004 and was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award. Mark Justice is the author of Bone Songs, a collection of stories from Delirium Books, Deadneck Hootenanny (Novello Publishers) and, with David T. Wilbanks, Dead Earth: The Green Dawn ( PS Publishing). G. Cameron Fuller is an author, editor, and writing teacher who lives in Charleston, West Virginia. For several years, Fuller was on the editorial board for Writer's Digest. Michael M. Hughes is an up-and-coming writer in the horror genre with his first novel in the works for this year. Jude-Marie Green is an author of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Brian J. Hatcher is a writer, poet, oral storyteller, actor, magician, fire eater, and wrestling manager from Charleston, West Virginia. Trent Walters is a science fiction, fantasy, and horror writer. Marta Murvosh is a journalist in Northwestern Washington.Review:
West Virginia often can be a scary state, and the 13 stories included in the anthology, Legends of the Mountain State: Ghostly Tales from the State of West Virginia, graphically demonstrate just how scary. Edited by Michael Knost, a Logan, WV-based fiction writer, the collection of Mountain State urban legends, naturally includes Mothman - perhaps the state's most famous apparition - but with a pulp fiction twist as a hit man is hired by a Las Vegas crime boss to travel to Point Pleasant and kill the ghostly demon. Writers in the collection include professional horror, science fiction and fantasy writers, as well as those that Knost calls "up and coming writers in and around the state of West Virginia." Quite a few actually live in the Mountain State, but even those who live on the West Coast or Baltimore have managed to capture the ghostly spirit that sends a chill up and down the spine of residents at night. The stories are based - in addition to Mothman and the related Silver Bridge collapse - on such legends as the Ethel coal mine specter, the Chapmanville school haunting, the Ghost of #22 Mountain and many others. There's an excellent introduction by Rick Hautala that puts the reader in the picture about the ghostly state of West Virginia. What an assemblage of writers! And, in closing, a few words from the editor ( I wonder if Knost rhymes with Ghost; it really should!): "It is especially exhilarating to see writers of this magnitude focusing on our great state," said Michael Knost. "This is the first work of its kind in the Mountain State." I certainly agree. --David M. Kinchen, Huntingtonnews.net Book Critic
This thirteen book ghost story collection will entertain readers as West Virginia makes a perfect setting for these horror tales. All the entries are well written as ghosts haunt the mines, mountains, and towns without one reference to Byrd or pork. From the onset with Thomas F.Monteleone's strong opening Images in Anthracite in which a dad reaches from a mine cave in grave to plead with his adult son to stop that cavern from being opened to Jude-Mari Green's closing act Wild Mountain Freesia of picking up a hitchhiker heading to a memorial park, readers will enjoy the stories. Some have twists like the hitman's final shot in Money Well Warned by Joseph Nassise and others are simply haunting like the reporter investigating The Blackwater Lights by Michael M. Hughes. LEGENDS OF THE MOUNTAIN STATE is a superior horror anthology filled with all new tales to keep the lights on at night and the out of state tourists away from West Virginia. --Harriet Klausner, Worlds of Wonder
Legends of the Mountain State is one of those rare books that brings someone my age (my mid-forties) back to my childhood. It conjures up memories of how I'd lie beneath the covers at night with a flashlight, reading scary stories long after I was supposed to be asleep. It returns me to those days when my friends and I would sit outside at night, maybe by a campfire, maybe just in someone's backyard, and we'd tell each other tales about men with hooks for hands, which houses in town were haunted, and how someone's big brother had a friend who once saw a big, hairy creature roaming through the woods. In other words, Legends of the Mountain State is a collection of old-fashioned stories meant to do only two things: send shivers up your spine and entertain you. --J.G. Faherty, Fear Zone
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Book Description Woodland Press, LLC, 2007. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110979323606
Book Description Woodland Press, LLC, 2007. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0979323606
Book Description Woodland Press, LLC, 2007. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0979323606